Police sniper accidentally wounds two during French President's speech

French President Francois Hollande waits for guests at the Elysee palace in Paris, France, February 28, 2017. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters Paris, France Mar 01, 2017, 02.25 AM (IST)

 A police sharpshooter accidentally wounded two people as French President Francois Hollande was giving a speech in the south-west of France on Tuesday, a police source said.

The shooter was on a roof about a hundred metres (109 yards) from a tent where Hollande was speaking. During a change of position his gun fired accidentally, the source said.

A loud noise like a gunshot is heard on video footage of the president's speech. "I hope there is nothing serious," Hollande said, then looked to his left and said, "I don't think so".

The shot wounded two people in their legs; the injuries were not life-threatening, a prefect of police for Charente region Pierre N'Gahane told BFM-TV.